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Displaying Plant Health Data in ArcGIS

Plant Health is an insightful tool that displays vegetation data for agricultural, forestry, and ecological users. It applies various vegetative indices to identify plant health and variability over a mapped area, enabling more informed decisions and immediate management. This analytical plant data is available to all customers subscribed to Pro, Business, or Enterprise plans.

Our guide covers how to export plant health data as a shapefile (SHP) and import into ArcGIS for further spatial analyses.

Export and Download Plant Health data from DroneDeploy

  1. Select the Map you wish to import from the DroneDeploy dashboard.
  1. Choose Plant Health as your map type, and then Export the map:
  1. Enter an email address to receive the exported map. Select Shapefile as the File Type and finish by clicking Export to submit your request.

Now that you have your data

  1. Upon receipt of your exported files in your emaIl inbox, click the download link to get a zipped file containing your data. When prompted, save the file to your computer.

  2. Locate the downloaded files on your computer. Using the file extraction method of your choice, extract the dataset from the zipped file.

Import the Plant Health SHP into ArcGIS

  1. Open ArcGIS and start with a blank map.

  2. Next, click on the Add Data icon to import the shapefile. Simply select the file path to the shapefile and select Add.

  1. Under the Layers panel, right click on the newly imported layer, and select Open Attribute Table.
  1. Delete Background (Optional): Click the Editor Toolbar button on the Standard toolbar to display the Editor toolbar. From the Editor dropdown, select “Start Editing” to enable editing features or attributes.

Then, Open Attribute Table again, scroll to the last polygon, and select the entire last row. The row should be highlighted. Right click and select “Delete Selected” to remove shapefile boundary.

Next, navigate back to the Editor toolbar and select “Save Edits” from the dropdown. Notice the shapefile boundary is removed to show only the applicable plant health attributes.

  1. Once again, right click on the layer from your Layers Panel to open Properties. Navigate your cursor to the Symbology tab and show Quantities in Graduated Colors.
  1. Select the number of Classes you wish to display, then select Classify. Under the Classification Method dropdown, change from Natural Jenks to Equal Interval. Select OK to finish.
  1. You can now apply the Color Ramp to the desired gradient. You can also change the Label of each value (this can be useful when creating a Legend). Finally, select OK to finish.
  1. Congratulations! You have now classified your Plant Health map in ArcGIS in Equal Interval to display your vegetation data.

Displaying Plant Health Data in ArcGIS